Historically, a livery stable was where horses, teams and wagons were for hire. Also privately-owned horses could be boarded there for a short time.
I’m not sure what Eatonville’s livery stable was like, but almost all towns had them, because in addition to providing vital transportation service, it was also a source of hay, grain, coal, and wood.
The downside of a livery stable was the smell, especially one a main street like Mashell Ave. But I’m sure folks were used to it back then.
Based on the writing on the photo, pictured here are Bill McCutcheon and Ed Skewis. Bill and Ed were quite different types. Bill liked to box, and Ed served as both the town’s councilman and treasurer. Also, in 1916 a new business opened it’s doors — Fredrickson and Skewis confectionery.
Picture courtesy of Pat Van Eaton.
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